"Duke of Portland"
The Duke of Portland, ship, 533t, built in 1842, arrived Lyttelton 26 September 1851 from Portsmouth, England. List of Persons whom the Canterbury Association have authorized to embark for Canterbury, New Zealand per Ship "Duke of Portland", W.J. Cubitt, Commander, Powell, Surgeon- Superintendant, Frederick Young, Manger of Shipping. 10 June, 1851.
Chief CabinAdams Mr 40 M Y for Auckland Adams Mrs 36 F Y for Auckland Body Miss E. 29 F travelling with Mr. Jackson Butterworth Rev'd 38 M Chaplain Fleming M. le 22 M Hewell J.D. 23 M Hooper John 20 M for Auckland Jackson Alex' I. 48 M Y 2 Jackson M.M. 12 F Jackson Robert I.11 M Morrison James 18 M Forwarded to Nelson, for Wellington. Powell 30 M Surgeon
Second CabinCoupland Richard 30 M Grocer for Auckland Humphries James 22 M Lauder Mrs 19 F Y Lauder Phillip 19 M Y Palmer Alfred 6 M for Auckland Palmer Boyce 45 M Y 9 for Auckland Palmer Boyce 12 M for Auckland Palmer Eliza 19 F for Auckland Palmer Eliza 35 F Y 9 for Auckland Palmer infant inf F for Auckland Palmer Joseph 8 M for Auckland Palmer Julius 10 M for Auckland Palmer Mary 2 F for Auckland Palmer Matilda 13 F for Auckland Palmer Stephen? 3 M for Auckland Pearse John 42 M for Auckland White Mr 27 M Y Schoolmaster White Mrs 23 F Y
Steerage CabinThomas J.H. 36 M Y 1 Thomas M.Jane inf F Thomas Matilda 30 F Y 1
Steerage (paid)Hays Robert 25 M Farmer for Auckland Linsley 13 M for Auckland Linsley 17 M for Auckland McKenzie Augusta 19 F Governess McKenzie Charlotte 17 F Governess Reas H.Robert 22 M Gardener Siggs James 16 M for Auckland Siggs Robert 11 M for Auckland
SteerageBarclay Alexander 5 M Barclay Barbara 30 F Y 3 Barclay Barbara 4 F Barclay Roderick 2 M Barclay Thomas 33 M Y 3 Bishop Thomas 31 M Shoemaker married on board Blower Adam 22 M Y 3 Carter & Agr. Lab. Blower George 5 M Blower Letitia 10 F Blower Mary 28 F Y 3 Blower William 2 M Chambers Mary A. 19 F Domestic Servant married on board Dell George 15 M Agr. Labourer Donaldson Agnes 25 F Y 1 Donaldson Robert 25 M Shepherd Grace Catherine 38 F Y 2 Grace Sarah 12 F Grace William 33 M Y 2 Grace William 6 M Going Isabella 27 F Y Going James 31 M Y Farm Laborer Goodwin John 36 M Y 2 Goodwin Lucy 34 F Y 2 Goodwin Mary Ann 12 F Goodwin Samuel 6 M Hall Elizabeth 12 F Hall Jane 8 F Hall Mary 40 F Y 3 Hall Samuel 10 M Hall Thomas 40 M Y 3 Farm Laborer Hopsack Agnes 25 F Y 1 Hopsack James 35 M Y 1 Farm Labourer Hopsack James inf M Jones Robert 18 M Agr. Labourer MacKay Ann 26 F Domestic Servant MacKay Barbara 46 F MacKay Donald 28 M Shephers & Agr. Lab. MacKay Jn' Clark 24 M Shephers & Agr. Lab MacKay Jane 16 F Domestic Servant MacKay Roderick 48 M Y Shepherd Main David 35 M Y 3 Agr. Labourer Main George 2 M Main James 6 M Main James 41 M Y 4 Agr. Labourer Main Jane 30 F Y 3 Main Jane 42 F Y 2 Main Mary 7 F Main Mary 7 F Main Robert 4 M Main Susan 1 F Main Thomas 3 M Marks Hannah 27 F Y wife of ship's carpenter Marks William 27 M Y Carpenter worked his out passage McDreness? James 31 M Farm Labourer Meddings Harriett 29 F Y 1 Meddings William 7 M Meddings William 31 M Y 1 Pump maker Milderness? James 31 M Farm Laborer Neal Emma 9 F Neal Joseph 1 M Neal Mary 39 F Y 3 Neal Rosanna 11 F Neal William 38 M Y 3 Farm Laborer Pease William 34 M Agr. Laborer Perry Alfred 25 M Y Sawyer Perry Elizabeth 20 F Y Salebell Fanny 21 F Y 1 Salebell Frances 1 F Salebell William 22 M Y 1 Bricklayer Savage Charles 40 M Y Savage Martha 40 F Y Shakespeare Edward 23 M Agr. Labourer Somas Eliza 21 F Y Somas Richard 26 M Y Farm Labourer Sunckell Ann 22 F Sunckell Ann inf F Sunckell John 35 M Y 1 Farm Laborer Sutton William 23 M Farm Labourer Thompson Charles 10 M Thompson Frances 39 F Y 4 Thompson Frances 11 F Thompson George 11 M Thompson Jane 7 M Thompson Thomas 39 M Y 4 Agr. Laborer Wheeler Ann 38 F Y 5 Wheeler Charles inf M Wheeler Frederick 9 M Wheeler George 9 M Wheeler Henry 12 M Wheeler Matilda 3 F Wheeler Willaim 15 M Labourer Wheeler William 34 M Y 5 Wheelwright Wood Caroline 15 F Domestic Servant Wood Eliza 2 F Wood Eliza 45 F Y 4 Wood Emma 11 F Wood George 13 M Wood Isabel 6 F Wood John 55 M Y 4 Carpenter Wood Nancy 18 F Domestic Servant Wood Wrsula? 25 F Domestic Servant
Reference: Canterbury Association Shipping Office (London, England) Lyttelton Shipping List Published: Salt Lake City, Utah : Genealogical Society of Salt Lake City, 1973. Copy of passenger lists of some Canterbury Association emigrant ships held in the Canterbury Museum. Available on microfilm at Family History Centres worldwide through their loan programme. Item #1066515
Passenger list appeared in The Lyttelton Times and Passenger Lists of Canterbury Association Ships published 1900.
New Zealander 25 October 1851 Page 2
ARRIVALS. Oct. 24 — Duke of Portland, 533 tons, Captain William John Cubitt, from London (Portsmouth June 18th,) via Port Victoria, the 13th inst. Passengers — Mrs. Cubitt, Mr. and Mrs. Adams, Mr. Hooper, Rev. Buttleworth, Dr. Powell, Mr. & Mrs. Palmer & 7 children, Mr, Pearse, Mr, Coupland, Mr. Hays, Mr. T. Figgs, Mr. H. Figgs, Rev. J. Thomas, Honble. and Rev. W. Bertie and servant. — Brown & Campbell, agents.
The Duke of Portland, Captain Cubitt, sailed from Portsmouth for Canterbury on the 19th June, where she arrived, with 151 immigrants, on the 24th September. She sailed thence for this port on the 15th instant. The ship Lady Nugent, from London, arrived at Port Victoria on the 18th September, and the Midlothian, bringing English News to the 22nd June, airived on the 8th instant. The Canterbury sailed from the Downs in company with the Midlothian, but had not arrived when the Duke of Portland left. The Government brig Victoria, bound for Wellington, sailed from Port Victoria, in company with the Duke of Portland.
On board " Duke of Portland," 16th September, 1851. To Captain Cubitt, Commanding Ship Duke op Portland.
Sir,— We, the undersigned, Cuddy and Intermediate Passengers in your ship from England to New Zealand, are desirous, before taking leave of you, to express our sense of the attention and kindness which we have uniformly experienced at your hands; as well as the skill aud watchful care you have, throughout the voyage, evinced, in the very responsible duties which have devolved upon you, as Commander of this ship. We have much pleasure in further announcing, that the Steerage Passengers cordially unite in this expression of our feelings ; and they have requested us to combine their good wishes with those we sincerely entertain, that every blessing, happiness, and prosperity may ever attend you.
Michael Fleming, Philip Lander, Arthur Fulford Adams, Margaret Lander, Henrietta Adams, James Humphries
Alexander I. Jacksonn, A. S.I. White, Elizabeth Bodde, Sarah Perry White, Mary Jackson, Robert Hayr, Robert S. Jackson, John Pearse, James D. Hewett, Boyce Palmar, A. N. Butterworth, Eliza Palmer, J. Morrison, Eliza Palmer, jun., John R. Hooper, Matilda S. Palmer, Robert Powell, Boyce F. Palmer, Richard Couplaud, John C. Pulmer.
At Sep, 17th Sept., 1851. W . Cubitt, Esq., Commander of the Ship Duke or Portland."HONOURED Sir, — We, the under signed, Steerage Passengers from London to New Zealand, feeling deeply that everything that could be done for our safety and comfort has been done by you, beg leave to present you with this Testimonial oft our heartfelt gratitude at the end of our passage. Our inexperience has, we doubt not, made us blind to many changers and difficulties, but every night we have gone to our beds perfectly content, and feeling assured that while we would he soundly sleeping, the skilful precaution and admirably sustained vigilance of the ship's Commander would be our safeguard. We do not wish to present you with a fulsome panegyne, but the least that we can say is, that should any or all of us have occasion ever to cross the sea again, our greatest wish would be that our ship might be commanded by a gentleman in whom we could confide as securely as in the present case. Our joy at nearing the land of our adoption is mixed up with feelings of much regret at the prospect of parting with our highly respected Commander; and it is our best wishes and most fervent prayers that every success may attend his amiable lady and himself.
J. H. Thomas, M. Thomas, Simon Hossack, Agnes Hossack, John Goodwin, Lucy Goodwin, Eliz Lomas, Adam Bloor, Mary Bloor, William Medings, Harriett Medings, Thomas Hall, Mary Hall, Thomas Thompson, Frances Thompson, Donald Mackay, Robert Henry Reed, Richard Lomas, James Meldrum, Robert Donaldson, William Pease, John C. Macky, Edmund Shakespeare, George Dell, Robert Jones, William Sutton, George Wood, William Wheeler, James H.H. Figgs, Robert H. Figgs, James Young, Isabella Young, Rodk. McKay, Barbara McKay, Thomas Barclay, Barbara Barclay, William Grace, Catherine Grace, William Wheeler, Ann Wheeler, John Sunckell, Ann Sunckell, Thomas Bayley, Sarah Bayley, David Bishop, Mary I. Bishop, William Marks, Hannah Marks, Eliza Wood, Ursula Wood, Nancy Wood, Catherine Wood, Anne Macky, Jane S. Macky, Augusta McKenzie, Charlotte McKenzie.
Drawings: John Pearse 1808-1882 drew sketches of his fellow passengers, the crew and ship activities. The original sketches are held at the Alexander Turnbull Library, the research library within the National Library of New Zealand, Wellington. Include drawing of the ship, plans of the accommodation on its lower and upper decks, copies of Pearse's shipboard baggage receipts, a copy of an advertisement for the departure of the Duke of Portland from London, bound for Lyttelton, Wellington & Auckland on 10 June 1851, and a label stating 'plan of the accommodation of the fine passenger ship Duke of Portland". Thirteen small sketches include four drawings of albatross, two of rigging, three of the artist's cabin, two of sailors reefing the sails, two relating to a trick played on the Schoolmaster, White, and the theft of his cap, one of the Springbok, an American barque. Twenty-two sketches appear in John MacGibbon's book 'Going Abroad'.
John Pearse published the ship's newspaper for the Duke of Portland "The Portland Gazette and Flying Jib". issue no. 4, Thursday 17 July 1851 Editorial with a sketch showing a contribution box, two men approaching with their rolled up contributions to the newspaper and two others observing. Ink on blue paper, 212 x 202 mm on inscribed sheet, 322 x 404 mm Handwritten.
Pearse's sketchbooks, 93 leaves, record of colonial life aboard the ship Duke of Portland and on arrival in Wellington, with portraits, house portraits, landscapes, depictions of Maori life, scenes in Wellington, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Rangitikei district, Kapiti Coast, Wairarapa, Nelson, Motueka, Wanganui, East Coast of the North Island, plants and birds. 127 watercolour and ink and wash drawings plus 3 maps. Held at the Alexander Turnbull Library.
Lloyd's Register :
DUKE OF PORTLAND - 1851
Master: Captain William John Cubitt
Rigging: Bark; sheathed in yellow metal in 1851
Tonnage: 468 tons using old measurements and 533 tons using new measurements
Construction: 1842 in Troon
Owners: Hamlin & Co.
Port of registry: Greenock
Port of survey: London
Voyage: sailed for New Zealand
HALL: Elizabeth Hall was from Coventry. She married John Gibbs Hart. Their son James Reese Hart settled at Waitohi, South Canterbury. Another son, George, had a blacksmith trade at Pleasant Point. Ref: Moonshine Country by Gordon Ogilvie.
LeFLEMING : Michael LeFleming & Miss Elizabeth BODIE of the Chief Cabin passengers. Canterbury Museum McDonald Dictionary : 'Also on the ship were Alexander Sherwood Jackson, known as "Russian" Jackson because he had a commission in the Russian Army. Jackson brought with him his son and daughter and a Miss Boddie, who was a daughter of Captain Boddie of the Russian Imperial Navy. Michael was later to marry Miss Boddie, who was also Jackson's niece, as well, Jackson's wife was a half sister of Mrs Le Fleming. The partners Michael & William Le Fleming and A. S. Jackson took up Run 130 (20,000 acres) on 15 Oct 1851 and called it "Easedale Nook" (close to Springfield). At the end of 1855 they sold the station to the Perceval brothers but apparently without the cattle which they sold in November 1856.
Michael Le Fleming stood unsuccessfully for Avon in the election for the Provincial Council in November 1857 and he was made a trustee of the Christchurch Mechanics Institute when it was founded in 1859. He bought some land in the Heathcote south side out of Col. Crans(?) Heathcote section, known as Riverlaw and built a house there which frequently appears on early records as Isbel Lodge. A. S. Jackson died there in 1860. It later became known as the Oaks and Mark Egan lived there with his son after him. Information courtesy of Geoff Green. Posted 30 April 2000.
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser 25 November 1890 Page 2
Obituary. It is with great regret we record the death of another old settler in the person of Mr John Sunckell, who died last Friday night. He must have passed away at the good old age of 75, for he was found dead in his bed on Saturday morning. Mr Sunckell was a native of Cumberland, and came to the colony in Sept., 1851, in the Duke of Portland. He worked at first on the Ferry Road, and then he and his wife came to the Peninsula. He was at Long Bay in Mr Henderson's employ in 1852, and was afterwards manager for the same gentleman at Libeau's Peak. He subsequently purchased land at German Bay, where his dairy farm is now. After residing there many years he built Windermere House, and came to live in Akaroa, renting his station. He and Mrs Sunckell had a large family of eleven children. His loss will be much regretted by his family and numerous friends. The funeral took place yesterday and was largely attended.
John Sunckell (1815-1890)
He was born in Cumberland and came out on the Duke of Portland at age 35 with his wife Ann aged 22 and an infant daughter, Ann. He married Ann Wilson b. Lancs. and brought up in Westmorland oldest daughter of John Wilson. The Sunckell family was living at German Bay in 1875 - 1883 and probably longer. John was a farmer. John died Nov. 21st 1890 at Windermere house, Akaroa at age 75 of a paralytic stroke. He left a widow and a family of 12 Children being born in NZ in 1852, 1854, 1856, 1858, 1859, 1863, 1865, 1867 William Henry Sunckell, 1869, 1871. Looks like John married Lucy Johnson in 1878. Lucy died in 1908 aged 49yrs. He had three children by Lucy:
1883 Sunckell Thomas John Stanley
1894 Sunckell Charles
1890 Sunckell Mary Ellener
News and Notes, From the "Lyttelton Times," September 27, 1851
Arrived - September 26, ship Duke of Portland, 533 tons, Cubitt, from London, June 11, and Portsmouth, June 19, with 13 chief cabin, 16 intermediate and 122 steerage passengers.
As a boat was making for the Lady Nugent on Tuesday, it capsized not far from the vessel. and a policeman named Fitzgerald was unfortunately drowned.
The Duke of Portland entered the harbour early on Friday morning with 151 immigrants, after a speedy voyage. Little of fresh importance was occurring in England when she left. Her mail is a small one, the Cashmere having sailed for Auckland a few days before.
News and Notes, From the "Lyttelton Times," October 4, 1851
The passengers on board the ship Duke of Portland cannot take leave of their excellent captain, William Cubitt, without publicly expressing their thanks for his constant attention to their comfort, and his invariable civility, as well as to testify their admiration of his qualities as a navigator and commander. It also gives them the greatest pleasure hereby to thank Dr Powell, physician, and the Rev. A. N. Butterworth, chaplain, for their kindly behaviour to all on board, and their attention to their several duties; nor would they on any account fail to mention the efficiency of the other officers and the crew- Advt.
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